Laptops for $499

Submitted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 12:45
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For anyone wanting a cheap laptop in their 4by, Deals Direct have ACER laptops (refurbished) for $499 plus $14.95 freight.

Deals Direct ACER laptop


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Reply By: age - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 14:50

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 14:50
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For the same price you can currently get a brand new (not refurbished) same brand laptop with twice the memory, twice the size hard disk, DVD burner (not CD/DVD Rom as this has) from WOW and many other suppliers.

I dont think these laptops from Deals Direct represent good value for money at all

Might pay to shop around

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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:05

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:05
The Travelmate series is much more expensive than the standard laptops you're talking about. Yes you can buy same brand but not same model for that price.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:06

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:06
Hi A

It certainly does pay to look around. Recently my husband took a fancy to a camera with 18x zoom on DD (imported from Asia), and i got it direct from Hong Kong for about half the DD special price.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:00

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:00
And you will have to send it back there to get fixed if anything goes wrong with it as no one in Australia will give warranty service on it.
Have learnt from bitter experience not to buy electronic stuff from Asia direct
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Reply By: traveller2 - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:18

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:18
I've found over the years that some places that regularly have IT stuff on 'great deals' (Harvey Norman is one that springs to mind) that what they are selling is the tail end of a model which if not already superseded is about to be. Usually bought from the manufacturer at a runout price and sold on to unsuspecting customers.
I've found that DD (yes i've bought stuff from them) also tread a fine line when describing stuff for sale.
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Follow Up By: garryk - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:54

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 15:54
G'day
We recently purchases a superceeded notebook HP from HN seconds shop
In this case it was made quite clear which ones were superceeded and which were refurbished
some I felt were good value and some overpriced , just gotta have had a good look around and compare for yourself
Garry
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 17:59

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 17:59
*superceeded notebook HP*

Generally just note that if you need something done under warranty they are the worst company to deal with along side Sony...

(Unless there has been a miracle lately)


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Follow Up By: Member - andrew B (Kununurra) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 18:07

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 18:07
HP have a challeng if they want to be worse than sony....TV 9 months and counting....cold make a new human in less time!
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:07

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:07
"Usually bought from the manufacturer at a runout price and sold on to unsuspecting customers."

HELLO MCFLY!!!!!

If you purchase an item and don't realize it's superseded then my friend you get what you deserve. In my case when i purchase something thats in this category i do so because it's a bargain.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 22:28

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 22:28
Hiya Andrew

Yep i tell people to use other brands that deserve your dollar through looking after people,LG for an example....If everyone did that there share holders (Sony,HP) would eventually want to know whats going on..


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Follow Up By: Member - andrew B (Kununurra) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 13:30

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 13:30
Gday Warfer

I origionally went with sony for the 'name'. I think they have lost it a bit over the last few years........a little concerned with the HP you mentioned...this being typed on a HP Notebook, although it has been a great unit so far. It is geting harder and harder to work out what is cheap throw away stuff (sometimes good value for money IMO), or a long term product.

Cheerws Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 03:26

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 03:26
Hi Andrew

My friend who is in his late fifties (young fella just in case he may see this) Has been an electronics expert all his life..Made circuits for this and that before the Japanese went full scale everything..Now he was up until about 10 years ago a dedicated Sony man.Sony this and Sony that..Now you wont see a Sony product in his house.

Myself,Sony lost me when i bought the Playstation2 on the day it was released into Australia..13-14 months later the laser crapped out,at the 10th-11th month i was getting the blue screen error and thought it may be dust on the game dvd's..Now Sony new they had a laser problem worldwide and they were charging some people to fix and not others,i was going to be charged so i said shove it and your company..

I had bought prior to playstation a Sony handy cam $2400 back then,14 months in the heads went so i was not to happy anyway.Probably had 10 dv cassettes through it at best ,all Sony too.Quote was $800 and the silly thing was i paid it lol

Cheers Bud
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Reply By: Ozboc - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 19:59

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 19:59
check on ebay - get cheaper -- make sure the lap top has BLUETOOTH built in -- then you can use your laptop as a GPS also when you buy a GPS reciever , also on ebay --- they are now solar powered ( recharge)

something to think about

Boc

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Reply By: jskogsta - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 07:00

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 07:00
Just came back yesterday from a quick loop (Melboourne, Sydney, Jenolan Caves, Dubbo, White Cliffs, Broken Hill, Melbourne), and I must admit with even the little semi-desert rough track driving we did I am thinking of buying a "proper" laptop next time. My Sony Vaio was not up to the task with the corrugations and all... so I'm going to save up for the Toughbook, that's for sure. My take on it is that there's so many things to think about that having to constantly think about the pc, the crashes, rebooting, setting up the Trackranger again... log routes is just too much for me. ;-) Just want it to work .... as minding the kids is work enough!

How are you others finding using regular laptops for rough track driving?

Anyone tried the EEE? Though I would recon the disk is too little to be of use with all the maps and all?

/Jorgen
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